Amber Blahnik

Web Designer & Front-end Developer

Bellingham, WA, USA
Professional graphic designer, photo manipulator and CSS wiz, passionate about everything Web. Advocate for clean code, fresh/modern designs and white space.

Work Experience

Witt O'Brien's

Web Design & Development, Graphic Design, Marketing Support

At first, I was in charge of creating all marketing materials, re-designing & maintaining the company website, writing/editing copy, managing SEO and social media, and taking on many marketing support duties. After time, I became the Senior Web Designer & Front-end Developer for all customer websites built with PIER™ (crisis communication management CMS). Today, this is my main position, though I also support the Development team with UI design, templates, mobile apps, and assist Sales and Project Managers daily. Recently, PIER Systems became a part of Witt O’Brien’s and I designed and developed the new Witt O’Brien’s corporate website at wittobriens.com, which uses HMTL5, CSS3, and Responsive Design. I have designed, developed and worked on many PIER websites for high-profile customers including BP, NASA, US Coast Guard, Exxon, US Marshals (usmarshals.gov currently uses my design), Xerox, Purina, US Army, LADWP, Marathon, Purina, US Navy, StatOil, US Dairy Industry, and many others.
August 2008 - Present Bellingham, Washington, United States

Cascade DAFO

Graphic Design, Web Design, Marketing Support

I was the exclusive in-house Graphic and Web Designer responsible for the production of all printed materials and creative projects for the company and their customers. I created new branding for their JumpStart® line of products (including the Cricket®, Leap Frog®, Bunny®, and Kangaroo® logos still used today) and played a big role in re-branding the company’s image. Additionally, I was responsible for managing content, online videos, editing and creating web pages, designing graphics, and creating the initial ideas for the re-design of the company’s corporate website. I created Cascade’s eStore and trained all sales, marketing and business staff on how to operate the site and manage orders. Aside from design, I also photographed products, models, and employees for use in promotional materials.
August 2007 - August 2008 Ferndale, Washington, United States

Amber June Design

Owner, Web Design & Development

Independent Graphic Design business focused on Web Design and Development. I specialize in creating clean, fresh and modern designs that utilize the latest web trends: HTML5, CSS3, Responsive Design, and jQuery. I am well versed in open source Content Management Systems including Wordpress, ExpressionEngine, Joomla, Anchor, Ghost. I also have experience with eCommerce and Magento. I am always learning new things; right now I am teaching myself Drupal, PHP and jQuery. Aside from web work, I am also a digital artist, illustrator, photographer, photo editor/restorer, painter, sculptor and ceramicist.
2007 - Present Bellingham, Washington, United States

Copies Now

Graphic Design, Customer Service, Print Production and Bindery

Responsible for designed layouts such as brochures, handouts, flyers and business cards with a very quick turn-around for many customers on a daily basis. Required to multi-task and perform not only graphic design projects, but also print production, assisting with bindery, as well as consulting customers with design ideas and delivering the final product.
2007 - 2007 Bellingham, Washington, United States

Print & Copy Factory

Customer Service, Graphic Design, Print Production, Bindery

Responsible for dealing with all customers directly, managing operations at the front counter and taking new customer orders. Required to multi-task daily. I was also responsible for running print production jobs, bindery, and creating layouts and editing photos for customers.
2006 - 2006 Bellingham, Washington, United States

Education

Whatcom Community College

Visual Communications Degree

Began taking fine art classes at WCC, then entered the Graphic Design program in 2005 and completed with a degree in Visual Communications with an emphasis in Web Design and Development. To this day, I continue self educating myself in graphic/web design and development techniques to keep up with current trends and continue improving my skills.

My motto is “Never Stop Learning”. I continue to teach myself new things everyday, enjoy doing intensive research, constantly keep up with current trends in the web & tech industry, and I love experimenting!
2004 - 2007 Bellingham, Washington, United States

Skills

Accessibility, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Flash, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Branding And Identity, Browser Testing, Concept Development, CSS, Device Testing, Digital Illustration, Email Design, Expression Engine, Graphic Design, HTML5, Illustration, Image Editing, JavaScript, Joomla, Jquery, Less, Logos, Magento, Mobile Applications, Mobile Design, PHP, Print Production Process, Responsive Design, SEO, Social Media, Usability, User Interface Design, Web Design, Web Development, WordPress,